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BCSE In Action

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April 30, 2018
Contact: Laura Tierney
Email:  ltierney@bcse.org
Office: 202.785.0507

Clean Energy Businesses Applaud Action on FAA Pre- and Post-Disaster Resiliency Measures

Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President, Lisa Jacobson, made the following statement about emergency preparedness and response provisions of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill passed by the House of Representatives:

“The Council was pleased to see provisions included in the FAA Reauthorization bill that will advance electric grids, power supplies and building stock that are reliable, more resilient, agile, cost effective, cyber-secure, and environmentally sound.”

“The legislation included two key pieces of legislation – the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, and the PREPARE Act – which will ensure that the United States does two things: better prepares for disasters and extreme weather events and rebuilds more resiliently for when disaster does strike.”

The Disaster Recovery and Reform Act, introduced by Congressman Barletta (PA), would provide pre-disaster mitigation grants and authority for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist communities with rebuilding after disasters with more robust design and construction standards. The PREPARE Act, introduced by Congressman Cartwright (PA) would establishes a Council of relevant agencies to increase government effectiveness in emergency management. Under the PREPARE Act, these designated agencies would both develop their own disaster contingency plans and coordinate together on regional emergency management

“The PREPARE Act is a useful tool to combat coordination failure, perhaps the most critical concern in the emergency management sector,” Jacobson continued. “The Council applauds Congressman Cartwright and Congressman Barletta, and other co-sponsors, for their efforts to include these important pieces of legislation in the FAA reauthorization bill.

“Renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas deliver jobs, increased economic growth, greater energy productivity and fewer emissions for the United States.  Improvements to the nation’s aging energy infrastructure and our built environment – which would use more of these clean energy technologies and services – along with better building codes, will create resilient and sustainable communities.

“As the legislation now moves to the Senate, the Council will continue to work toward even stronger resilience provisions.” Jacobson said.